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Heat wave builds up in parts of Delhi;  With temperatures reaching 46°C in Najafgarh

A heatwave scorched parts of Delhi on Friday, with the mercury reaching 46.1 degrees Celsius in Najafgarh. Jafarpur and Mungeshpur weather stations recorded maximum temperature of 45.6 degrees Celsius and 45.4 degrees Celsius, respectively, six notches above normal for this time of year.

Pitampura also swayed in scorching conditions, recording a peak temperature of 44.7 degrees Celsius. Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi’s base station, recorded a high of 42.5 degrees Celsius.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an amber alert, warning of a severe heat wave in many places in the capital on Saturday. A yellow alert was issued to warn people of a heat wave on Sunday.

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The IMD uses four color codes for weather warnings – green (no action needed), yellow (watch and stay updated), orange (be prepared) and red (act). The mercury is expected to hit the 44 degree mark at Safdarjung Observatory on Saturday. Temperatures can soar up to 47 degrees Celsius in isolated places, weather experts said.

Cloudy skies could relieve the intense heat of next week. This is the fifth heat wave – one in March and three in April – in the capital this summer. With scant rainfall due to light disturbances from the west, Delhi recorded its second hottest April this year since 1951 with an average monthly maximum temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius.

A heat wave at the end of the month had raised the mercury to 46 and 47 degrees Celsius in several parts of the city. The capital received a tiny rain of 0.3mm in April against a monthly average of 12.2mm. March saw zero rainfall above normal of 15.9 mm. The IMD had predicted above normal temperatures in May.

(Edited by : Anand Singha)

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